Focus on major sports events and legacy on the first day of the 24th IAKS Congress

To kick-off this year’s IAKS Congress on Oct 27, 2015 experts gave an insight on the impact of major sports events for local development. Prof. Geraint John, Honorary Director of the UIA Sports and Leisure Group, who chaired the session, discussed with the experts of IOC, IPC and Rio 2016.


Benefits of hosting major sports events for local development

IOC Advisor Gilbert Felli presented together with Director Event Learning & IPC Academy Deputy Director Apostolos Rigas the latest learnings from the IOC Olympic Games Impact Studies. They showed how Olympic and Paralympic Games change cities and people. The 2001 established concept obliges host cities to report in detail about the legacy. In future the host cities strictly follow the concept for sustainability.

„It is not important to make the venues really temporarily but to make them readily demountable“, concludes AECOM Director JRJ Parrish. Taking London 2012 and Rio 2016 as examples he explained the concept of “nomad modules”. Temporary facilities can be re-used for other major events. The re-use depends on the local conditions and financial aspects for the transport.


How do host cities achieve a post-event legacy?

More and more host cities are having to balance the image boost against economic risks. Three experts from the Commonwealth Games 2014, the Pan Am Games and the Parapan Am Games 2015 gave an insight on their experience with hosting major events. Public authorities, private investors and sports management shall focus on communication and collaboration. The experts pointed out how important it is to integrate cities and municipalities in the planning process. The session was chaired by Bill Stonor, consultant to FaulknerBrowns Architects.

According to David Grevemberg, CEO of the Commonwealth Games Federation, relationships between international federations and host cities are built on four pillars. In addition to technical and developmental elements he suggests to maximise the use of major events as a global sporting stage for events and disciplines. Successful events reach new audiences and markets.

„All permanent venue development fitted in with strategic plans and had to demonstrate long term need and financial viability” says Ian McKenzie about the Commonwealth Games 2014 concept. The planning and development of the venues took national and local strategies in to account. Since the Games all the new and adapted sports facilities have achieved high levels of use. This includes a mix of community use; training at local, regional and national levels; and national and international competitions.  

Peaceful and legacy respecting games have a social and economic impact. Director, Public Affairs and Social Legacy for the Organizing Committee of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games Naki Osutei emphasized legacy and accessibility in parasports.

Videostreams of the 24th IAKS Congress